As the city wakes up the morning after Fat Tuesday, there's no post-Mardi Gras slump in the schedule of jazz and creative music in St. Louis. This week includes shows from several noteworthy touring musicians, plus a homecoming performance from a well-known expat, and much more. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, Sean Jones
returns to Jazz at the Bistro
to open a four-night engagement continuing through Saturday. The former lead trumpeter with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jones (pictured)
has been a frequent visitor to St. Louis on his own in recent years, most recently performing at the Bistro in 2013 with both the Triumph of Trumpets" show and as guest soloist with the student JazzU ensembles. For this visit, he'll be accompanied by a top-notch group including pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Obed Calvaire.
Tomorrow night, another group of frequent visitors returns, as New Orleans' funk/jazz/hip-hop band Galactic
checks in for their annual appearance at The Pageant
, this time with singer Maggie Koerner
as special guest and the Mike Dillon Band
as opening act. For more about Galactic, plus some recent performances of theirs on video, check out this post
from a couple of Saturday ago.
Elsewhere around town on Thursday, saxophonist/clarinetist Elsie Parker
's group featuring pianist Ken Kehner will play a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University; singer Feyza Eren
and pianist Scott Shepard will star in Colored Sky: An Evening of St. Louis Jazz," a benefit for the Diversity Awareness Partnership presented at the Sheldon Concert Hall
; and the Gaslight Cabaret Festival
continues with a performance of Ken Haller's The TV Show" at the Gaslight Theater.
On Friday, the husband-and-wife team of pianist Joe Dreyer and singer Rosemary Watts continue the Gaslight Cabaret Festival with their show Swing Into Spring"; singer Wendy L. Gordon
returns to DeLeo's Cafe & Deli
; vibraphonist Tom Rickard leads a trio at Cigar Inn
; and the Ambassadors of Swing
play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
Then on Saturday, Connie Fairchild, the soulful singer best known for the long-running local rock band bearing her last name, will make her debut as a cabaret performer with a show called Down By The River" at the Gaslight Theater.
Also on Saturday, Wack-A-Doo
will be at the Tavern of Fine Arts
; saxophonist Jay Hutson and Da Wolvez play R&B-inflected tunes at Robbie's House of Jazz
; jazz-fusion band The Freedom
make their debut at Thurman Grill; and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
return to the Venice Cafe.
On Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Jazz Club
presents a tribute to guitarist Eddie Lang at the Sheraton Westport, featuring guitarist Rick Haydon
, trombonist Brett Stamps
, clarinetist Scott Alberici
, drummer Miles Vandiver, and bassist Zeb Briskovich-Bass
Sunday evening offers dueling headliners, as saxophonist and East St. Louis native Andre Delano
will be back home to play two shows at the Bistro at Grand Center, while guitarist Pat Metheny
brings his Unity Group to town for a highly anticipated performance at The Pageant.
For more about the Pat Metheny Unity Group and their brand new album Kin
, see this post
from last Saturday.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday percussionist Joe Pastor and his group are back at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.
Then on Tuesday, the jazz-fusion group Common Time
(formerly known as Steizuello) will be joined by a string quartet for a Notes From Home" performance at the Sheldon; and Boisyiac, a new quartet including guitarist Mason Baran, bassist Nathan Pence, drummer Joe Winstein-Hibbs, and keyboardist Matt Villinger, will play at the Tavern of Fine Arts.